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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

Secretary Blinken's Diplomatic Dialogue Sparks Hope for Bilateral Relations in Shanghai

Photo posted by Secretary Blinken on X
Photo posted by Secretary Blinken on X

Antony J. Blinken, the United States Secretary of State, recently engaged in diplomatic discussions with officials in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, as a guest of honor, emphasizing the importance of direct engagement and cooperation between the two nations.

During the meeting, Secretary Blinken was warmly welcomed by Secretary Jining on behalf of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

Secretary Jining expressed his hope that Blinken's visit to Shanghai would deepen his understanding of the city and strengthen bilateral relations between China and the United States.

Highlighting the significance of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries, Secretary Jining acknowledged the historical ups and downs in their relationship but emphasized the constructive interactions and stable relations that have helped address global challenges and promote world peace and development.

Referring to recent high-level interactions between President Xi Jinping and President Biden, Secretary Jining underscored the importance of sub-national relationships in shaping the future of bilateral relations. With over 8,000 U.S. companies in Shanghai, he emphasized the city's role in promoting bilateral ties on various fronts.

In his response, Secretary Blinken expressed gratitude for the warm reception and reflected on his previous visits to Shanghai, highlighting the city's ongoing evolution as a hub for business, commerce, and trade. He emphasized the economic relationship between the two countries as a key area of potential cooperation.

Secretary Blinken reiterated the importance of direct engagement and sustained dialogue in managing the relationship responsibly. He emphasized the need to address differences while seeking opportunities for cooperation, in line with the directives from President Biden and President Xi.

Secretary Blinken’s visit to Shanghai plays a pivotal role, especially as the United States recently passed an aid package for Ukraine totaling $61 billion, aimed at bolstering Ukraine's position in its fight against Russian aggression. In contrast, China has reportedly assisted Russia in reviving its military production, providing crucial materials such as optics, microelectronics, and drone engines, significantly enhancing Moscow's battlefield capabilities during the Ukraine war. Despite these differing tactics, there is hope that the conversations during this trip will provide an opportunity for open dialogue and perhaps foster a sense of cooperation between the two nations.

Source: U.S. Department Of State, 4/25/24


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